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Almost like home

Allowing the patient to be surrounded by familiar objects

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

My idea is designed for those who are unable to stay at home until the end and makes this time more comfortable.

No one wants to pass on in an unfamiliar and cold institutional room but sometimes being at home is not an option. Just because someone is passing on there is no reason that they should be stripped of all that is familiar to them. Rooms should be set up with personal things that the person cherishes giving the feeling of home. Family visits sometimes are hard and access to video calls in the rooms would be nice.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Years ago I worked in a nursing home and there was a big difference in how patients mental state was just by having familiar things in their rooms.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Really not sure

Tell us about your work experience:

I was a CNA for many years at a local nursing home. Something as simple as personal body powder from home made a patient relaxed and at ease

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Last year, we moved a 95 year widowed family member from her home into an assisted living residence.  With the help of the Caring Transitions company, we set up her new room with selected furniture, photos and knick knacks from the home she had lived in for 57 years.  She was moved to tears when she first saw her new apartment.  It made the transition go much more smoothly than I had expected it would.

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